Creating Life-Size Molecules in Second Life
The debate continues over just how useful virtual worlds like Second Life are for educational purposes. We spoke with Drexel University’s Jean-Claude Bradley, who is e-learning coordinator for the College of Arts and Sciences, and an associate professor of chemistry. Despite his initial skepticism, in 2007 Bradley helped establish Drexel’s presence in Second Life, Drexel Island, and used Second Life last semester to augment portions of his Introduction to Organic Chemistry course. He has blogged extensively about his use of the medium. Here, he discusses the benefits–and drawbacks–of the much-discussed virtual world.